“How do you do that?” is the most asked question when people see my collage paintings. The next question usually will be about the availability of classes to learn collage.
There are classes available from private art teachers, of course, and I have a workshop twice a year for collage making. The Art League Houston is a good place to take classes of all kinds, including collage. I always make sure information is shared and people are hooked up with teachers and classes. It’s not a difficult process, and supplies are simple. I’m always on the lookout for “found” objects: candy or gum wrappers, wire, buttons, bottle caps, interesting papers of all types, and anything else that catches the eye. I tear words out of magazines, Coastal Living and Architectural Digest are my favorite sources for words, not only because of the great words, but also because of the quality of paper and ink used to create the magazines.
Using a canvas or watercolor paper, glue (thinned a bit with water), and a bit of imagination along with one’s found objects, a collage painting is born! Happy creating!